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PM: Pay up taxes

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

THE Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has given a reminder that paying taxes was a civic duty.

Speaking at the launch of the Gold Card yesterday, Commodore Bainimarama said taxes contribute to the common good and the common wealth of the nation.

"We form governments to do the things that we cannot do as individuals or voluntary associations.

"And taxes are the way we get those things done. Without them, we can't secure the nation, fight crime, educate our children, ensure public health or create proper infrastructure for commerce."

"These people take all the advantages that the government provides without paying their fair share," he said.

He said his government was making great progress in delivering on its promises to ease administrative burdens on taxpayers.

"Let's face it: Most people don't like to pay taxes. But we all recognise — or we all should recognise — that paying taxes is a civic duty," he said.

However, the PM said it was unfortunate that there was always a group of people who tried to avoid paying tax, sometimes through cheating and corruption.

Commodore Bainimarama will be announcing the 2013 National Budget tomorrow.

"I believe you will see that your tax contributions are well spent. You will see that the people are receiving good value when they entrust their hard-earned tax dollars to the government," he said.